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Community Supports Woman Who Shot Carjacking Suspect Befuddled By Stick Shift

Incident has made community more aware of threat, according to report.

ATLANTA — After a woman shot a carjacker in the Ponce Highlands neighborhood in May, residents tell WSBTV that they're more aware of the threat.

The woman was getting into her car on Blue Ridge Avenue when the suspect, Sebastian Fontana, pointed a gun at her and told her to let him in the car. As he struggled with the manual transmission, the victim grabbed the gun and tried to get out of the car.

Fontana reportedly bit her twice in an attempt to keep her in the car and that is when she shot him, police told 11Alive.com.

“In this case, she did see an opening and she took it and it worked out for her and we were able to get the suspect into custody,” Atlanta police Officer John Chafee told WSB.

This week, neighbors told the station that it's common to park on the street and walk a block or two to shops and restaurants, but they're more aware now after the incident.

The station's Facebook page is filled with comments from community members supporting the woman — and ridiculing the suspect. Among the comments:

  • Traci Smith Denson That's hilarious...in the words of Fred G. Sanford...ya big dummy..lol..awesome for her!!
  • MisterVee Thedj Note to self: buy a manual transmission car!
  • Dixie Moore Hahaa! Best news I've read all day!
  • Lori Choman Proof that you don't need a gun...you just need a stick shift! LOL And people can't understand why I drive one!


What precautions do you take when you're walking to your car in public? Tell us in the comments section below.
George Murphy July 15, 2014 at 12:03 PM
Wonder if this guy is documented, what say you?
erie July 15, 2014 at 12:44 PM
Again almost a great kill. George Murphy You have A..holes in every race of humans. When it come to drugs. White do the crime but blacks and other races due the time. Okay!
erie July 15, 2014 at 12:49 PM
I still say the young lady did the best and right thing for saving her well being. Me for one hate people that commit crimes against the people. I draw the line in the sand when someone hurt a nice human. erie
Dame Bridgid July 15, 2014 at 01:33 PM
It looks like this woman saved herself from a vicious attacker. The odds for a victim's survival go down drastically if the criminal drives off with them in the car. It's a good thing she was not afraid of grabbing that weapon and using it in self defense. Good job!
Grumpy Old Man July 15, 2014 at 03:49 PM
I just re-read this - looks like she should get herself checked out for rabies - the jerk bit her!

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